April 18, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is from John 20:19-20.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Life can be daunting at times and can throw us into all kinds of emotions: fear, sadness, anger, remorse, despair to name just a few. I am sure many of these were being felt by the disciples as they hid following the death of Jesus. Jesus understood this and when He walks amongst them, He immediately tells them “Peace be with you”. They needed His reassurance and comforting words to overcome the raw emotions of the last few days.

Then Jesus shows the disciples His hands and feet to say “It is really me. See, I went through this thing, but I am ok. I have returned and am with you.” And then, these men torn by emotion could rejoice and be set free.

I often wondered why Jesus kept the scars. He could have very easily wiped them away, returning to His unblemished self. But I think He knew that in our scars, we can see the deepest working of God’s love. So, Jesus showed His scars so that we would be free to show ours.

Dear Lord, Be with us in the journey so that we may find peace. Amen

Chad Ryberg


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